December 27, 1996
My name is Margaret Jones/McKenzie. I was born in London both my parents were born in Edinburgh. My grandfather was born in Breaffy - Ballina -John Mckenzie. I've been researching my family since 1989 have had very little luck on the Loftus side so far.
I hope that someone out there can help.
My grandmother was Margaret Loftus her parents were - Thomas Loftus / Bridget Newcombe - from the townland of Prebbane in the parish of Kilgarvin-Bonniconlon.
I know of 2 other children born to them -Thomas bap. 29-6-1873 and Catherine bap. 25-2-1872 grandmother was born approx. 1880. There was also a brother Mark and another sister Bridget. No reference could be found to the family in the 1901census for the area.
My grandmother married in Edinburgh in 1901 - her sister Bridget married an American and lived there. My grandparents lived in the Grassmarket Edinburgh, also in the Grassmarket was a Patrick Loftus who ran a lodging house for single men. He was married to an Agnes Finlay.
Other members of the family were Michael Loftus m to Mary Clarke. also a Martin and Bridget dau. Annie son Peter. Agnes Loftus. Catherine gt. aunt known as Kate married a Clarke.
In the 1851 census for the old town of Edinburgh there are other Loftus names – Patrick age 60 yrs m to Helen 50 yrs. Children Michael 12 yrs, Helen 10 yrs, Thomas 8 yrs and Catherine 6 yrs, all born in Ireland. There is mention of a Bridget Loftus 30 yrs, William 43 yrs not related ? and another Bridget also 30yrs.
Later in the 1881 census there is a John Loftus 30 yrs m to Ann 29 yrs. Children are Michael 9 yrs, Mary 7 yrs and Maggie 1 yr. all stated to have been born in Ireland. I know of a Celia (Selina) Loftus who ran a lodging house in Wigan and lastly there are also mention of the family in the 1881 census for Warrington all of whom were born in Ireland, Mayo is mentioned.
I hope that my contribution to the name will help some of you out there. I visited Mayo last year and went to Kilgarvin cemetery. There were many of the Loftus family buried there. No mowers for the grass - only the sheep to keep it down.
Please let me know if anyone has links with Edinburgh Scotland.